No, it isn't a flashback from my '60 days. I've carefully perused the dates on a bunch of marijuana-related stories, and they're all recent.
Something is happening here, particularly in the western reaches of the United States, and I don't know what it is. (To paraphrase an old friend.) But it sure seems like the times they are a-changin'.
Plans are being laid to place a citizen initiative legalizing marijuana on Oregon's 2010 ballot.
Yesterday the Associated Press ran a lengthy story about California's marijuana "green rush."
No longer relegated to the underground, pot in California these days props up local economies, mints millionaires and feeds a thriving industry of startups designed to grow, market and distribute the drug.
A few days ago a New York Times article, "Marijuana is Gateway Drug for Two Debates," spoke of the push for legalization and the concern about negative effects of today's more powerful pot.
This month Portland's Willamette Week had a cover page story, "Just Say Now," about the fight to legalize marijuana.
Going back in time to a year ago, a fascinating article in The New Yorker described how medical marijuana is transforming the California pot industry.
And -- no big surprise -- there's a web site, WeBeHigh, that bills itself as: Worldwide Marijuana Travel Guide, Marijuana Prices, Spots & Legalization Status
I checked out Portland, Oregon. The "smoking tolerance level" approaches Virtually Legal status.